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tiredjay 2/19/2010 2:02:38 PM

@manjisan

Well, I can think of a very good reason why Spider Robinson wouldn't even come close to making the list....

He's white.

SelectiveRealism 2/19/2010 2:41:08 PM

I cant co-sign for Michael Jackson.   There were far more deserving choices like Denzel Washington or Billy Dee Williams.  In you include voice actors you would have to consider Kevin Michael Richardson and Phil Lamarr

goirish83 2/19/2010 3:50:18 PM

Michael Jackson on this list is a joke,  And does the list's author understand what Sci-Fi is ?  Shaft......really ?

tovuk 2/19/2010 4:20:25 PM

@ Wiseguy Vin is mixed not black!

youngThanos215 2/19/2010 5:39:33 PM

 WHAT NO JAMES EARL JONES FOR DARTH VADER????

YOU GUYS LOST BEFORE YOU EVEN STARTED!!!

mike10 2/19/2010 5:54:41 PM

No James Earl Jones!!!! I find your lack of faith disturbing....

hoggle2200 2/19/2010 6:31:35 PM

 OK What the fuck. Where is Billy Dee Williams. Lando Calrissian should be on this list. He got to fly the millenium falcon. whats more sci-fy than that.

hikaru004 2/19/2010 7:23:00 PM

I agree that Levar Burton should have made the list. His character triumphed over his disability and is a role model. I guess with Uhura you have to take 'em when you find them. In the original series, she was mostly a high tech phone operator imo.

@karas1: Prob on a mostly Caucasian series, Uhura couldn't be paired with someone or it would have been a controversy.

karas1 2/19/2010 7:37:52 PM

There could have been an episode where Uhura was attracted to a non white guest star.  All the male regulars (except Sulu) had eps where they fell in love with some alien chick.  Uhura remained aloof.

And there were non white guest stars.  There was one ep where an important scientist came to install a new computer on  the enterprise and he was black.

Hey, how about putting Gene Roddenberry on this list, not for being black, he wasn't, but for putting forth so many great African American role models in his shows.

Jasinner 2/20/2010 1:58:44 AM

 I thought of a couple more actors that didn't make the top ten, then I read the post and realized how racist most of the post were and that me adding a couple more "ooooh a black guy" names would just make it worse. Most of the names the posters are throwing out are nothing more than tokens. I backtracked and really looked at the list and the only two I can't agree with are Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson. Roundtree barely registers as a genre actor and Mr Jackson is always just Mr Jackson regardless of the role. Most influential says to me that these people made an impact on the genre or change white America's view of African Americans, to be on this list someone needs to be a Jackie Robinson or Billy Holiday. Most of the names on this list are simply here for being a first but two transcend race, which is the biggest impact of all.

Duane Jones, I have seen Night of the Living Dead a dozen times easy and it wasn't until I caught a horror movie countdown on Bravo just a couple of years ago that I realized he was the first genre protagonist of color. Even more impact came when I watched the movie with my dad and one of his friends who are both in their late fifties and lived through the civil rights movement in the south. During a commercial break I pointed out that Duane Jones was the first black horror movie hero and both of them said they had never realized that. To them he wasn't the black hero he was just the hero. His ethnicity was never mentioned or shoved in your face so it became a non-issue.

Michael Jackson should be number one on this list. The media coverage after his death made me nauseous to hear his name, but the fact that he became omnipresent in death just hammers home the point. Take the way back machine to 1984 and find a black person on TV more than Michael Jackson. Beyond the music and regardless of what happened behind closed doors Michael Jackson's greatest influence on the world was making white folk "comfortable" with a black person in their home.

Although I suggest removing Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree I don't have a substitute that wouldn't just be what I mentioned before "that black guy".  Lando is not enough to get Billy Dee on the list, nor is Blade enough to get Snipes in. The voice of James Earl Jones isn't as powerful or influential as if his face would have been seen.

I will suggest Morgan Freeman now that I have had some time to think about it. On another post on this site his role as President Beck in Deep Impact was pointed out to be like Duane Jones, he wasn't the black president he was just the president. The same with his turn as God in the Almighty movies, and that fits into this sites Sci-Fi/Fantasy arena. And you can't ignore his expanded genre resume, Se7en, Wanted, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, and narrating War of the Worlds.

OK, one more. Percy the Robot from Ice Pirates. Because when Jason asks Roscoe why he painted the robot black his answer is, " Because I wanted him to be perfect."

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